Montepeloso Gabbro 2018


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Fabio Chiarelotto er en vinfilosof, der går sine egne veje. Mens de fleste af Maremmas producenter gerne dyrker i dalen, klatrer Fabio op ad skråningerne, hvor vinene får uhørt mineralitet, nerve og liv på et helt andet niveau. De lerede, fossilerede jorde har han beplantet med både Sangiovese, Alicante, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon og Marselan og blandingen skifter mellem hans forskellige vine fra år til år. Fabio er en upcoming star i området og hans vine er stadig regulære kup ift nabogården Tua Ritas 100-pointsvine.

Fabio siger: “Our approach to viticulture is organic but we are not certified. we never use herbicides.”

Robert Parker 94 Point

The 2009 Gabbro (Cabernet Sauvignon) is impeccable and refined from start to finish. This isn’t a vintage built on structure, as has been the case in the recent past, but rather a wine that impresses for its silky tannins, expressive aromatics, and overall finesse. The 2009 is quite feminine and gracious in style, but there is plenty of underlying tannin and fruit. In exchange, the 2009 should drink well earlier than some of the other, more important vintages that precede it. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

Suvereto is one of the warmer microclimates in the Tuscan Maremma. Proprietor Fabio Chiarelotto succeeded in capturing the best elements of these sites while also shaping his wines with a level of finesse that is remarkable. The 2009s are fabulous, especially within the context of the year. Chiarelotto decided against bottling the Nardo, because many of the Sangiovese and Montepulciano vineyards struggled with the intense heat. The fruit he was able to salvage went into the Eneo, which helps explain why that wine is such a standout. The 2010s were stunning when I tasted them from barrel last summer. Readers can get an early peek at the vintage with the 2010 A Quo, a wine that delivers absurdly high quality for the money.

Gabbro er Fabios 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fra gamle stokke, der har slået rod dybt i det kystnære terroir. Majestætisk og dyb som Kierkegaard. 2011 var et varmt år, der har givet fuldmodne cabernet-druer og en vin, der emmer af mørk frugt, vilde urter og tobak fra Havanas gamle cigarrullehaller. 94 Point Parker

96 points Vinous
The 2018 Gabbro (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is quite possibly the most elegant wine I have ever tasted at Montepeloso. Inky black cherry, chocolate, grilled herb, licorice and menthol infuse the 2018 with fabulous depth. Even with all of its opulence, the 2018 remains so poised and light on its feet. The new oak needs just a bit of time to settle. There is little doubt the 2018 is an absolutely gorgeous wine in the making. It’s a reference point expression of Cabernet Sauvignon on the Tuscan coast.

95 points Robert Parker
95+ The 2018 Gabbro is a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, with only 1,400 bottles made. There is a lot of coastal Tuscan sunshine here that smooths over the fruit, adding richness, integration, ripeness and ultimately a terrific sense of balance. Summery black tones of plum, prune, blackberry and dried cherry emerge from the bouquet, pulling forth background tones of spice, tobacco and campfire ash. The wine is full and rich throughout, showing generous layers on the mid-palate and on the very long and pleasurable finish. The tannins are soft and balanced (from both the fruit and the oak), but I’d still recommend a few more years of bottle age before you pop the cork.

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